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FCA temporary proposals to protect consumers affected by Covid19

Today, 6th April 2020, The Financial Inclusion Centre publishes its response to the FCA’s consultation: Proposals for temporary financial relief for customers impacted by Coronavirus. We very much welcome the FCA’s intention to extend protections available to mortgage customers to … Continue reading

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Time for Action – Greening the UK Financial System

Today (10th March 2020), the Financial Inclusion Centre publishes its new report, called Time for Action, looking at the degree to which the financial system (financial markets, financial institutions, and individual consumers) contributes to tackling the climate crisis. The report … Continue reading

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Can Payroll Deduction Schemes via Credit Unions Get Workforces Saving More?

Today the Financial Inclusion Centre publishes a new Interim Report ‘Getting Workforces Saving’. The report is funded by the Money and Pensions Service and tests how effective payroll deduction is at encouraging greater levels of savings and positive financial behaviours … Continue reading

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Brexit and the regions

There has been much heat produced by political debate since the UK voted to leave the EU. But little light has been shed on the potential impact Brexit might have on vulnerable households in the UK. To address this gap, … Continue reading

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Financial Inclusion Centre response to the FCA’s high cost credit review including overdrafts

The Financial Inclusion Centre responded to two important consultation papers which formed part of the FCA’s High Cost Credit Review. These covered overdrafts (CP18/13) and rent-to-own, home collected credit (doorstep lending), catalogue credit and store cards, and alternatives to high-cost … Continue reading

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Insight into Credit Union Membership

Today the Financial Inclusion Centre publishes a new report analysing the attitudes and behaviours of credit union members. To the best of our knowledge, this is the largest ever survey of credit union members, based on responses from over 12,500 users … Continue reading

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The FCA’s Approach to Competition paper – Financial Inclusion Centre response

The Financial Inclusion Centre has submitted its response to the FCA’s Approach to Competition paper. This is a very important paper as it sets out how the FCA intends to use competition interventions to meet its statutory objectives. We have … Continue reading

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A tale of two scandals

Two financial scandals have dominated the news over the past few days. Concerns have been raised for some time now about a major pensions misselling involving defined benefit pension scheme transfers. These concerns have been highlighted by the publication of … Continue reading

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The challenges facing CDFIs and other social lenders

Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs – now also known as Responsible Finance Providers)  have a proud legacy and have made a useful contribution to promoting financial and social inclusion in the UK. But, it has to be said that, up … Continue reading

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Fintech – beware of ‘geeks’ bearing gifts?

There has been much hype recently about the potential for fintech[1] to transform financial services, and improve consumer welfare. But, there have been few objective assessments of the potential impact. Therefore, today we are publishing a discussion paper to generate … Continue reading

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